Hello, Tennessee Titans fan. Glad you’re here. This season has been a rollercoaster, and that’s very indicative of the year 2020 as a whole.

But, although your team is in a rough patch right now, all is not lost. The Titans are still a good team that’s injury-plagued. The national media may be losing hope in the Titans, but you shouldn’t.

Here’s why.

THIRD DOWN DEFENSE: On the RISE!

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Nov 8, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown (55) celebrates after forcing a fumble during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s start with something small, but noteworthy. At one point, the Tennessee Titans had the worst third-down defense in the NFL.

They weren’t just the worst in the 2020 season, but they were the worst historically. The Titans’ defense allowed third-down conversions at a rate of around 61% for seven weeks.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel once mentioned they are trying to improve there. The numbers show they slowly are.

The Titans went from around 61% to now 53%. It’s still bad, but it’s enough of an improvement to move them from 32nd to 31st in the NFL overall. The needle is moving.

Although that’s a small jump, the Titans have actually been pretty impressive in their last two outings on third down. They held the Chicago Bears to 2-for-15 and the Colts to 4-for-12. That’s a 22% conversion rate in total.

If Tennessee can continue that trend, they will see their defense improve over the next several weeks.

TITANS OFFENSE: Temporary Rough Patch

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Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) calls out the play against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

We all know the Tennessee Titans offense is good. They may be in a bit of a rough patch right now, but everything can’t always be perfect.

While the Titans work to fix their offensive issues, let’s hold onto the positives about it. Ryan Tannehill is still playing well. He’s 7th in the NFL in QB rating, and 7th in touchdown passes with 20.

Losing left tackle Taylor Lewan has made a difference in his protection, but he’s still playing at a good level. Drops haven’t helped his stats, but you can trust the Titans’ offense to fix their issues and get back on track.

Derrick Henry is, well, Derrick Henry. He solidified himself as one of the best running backs in the NFL last season. Now, he’s just continuing that trend.

He’s second in the NFL in rushing at 946, just a first down run behind Dalvin Cook who’s at 954. Derrick Henry has gotten less carries by design in recent weeks, but things could ramp up soon for him.

Their current struggles are only temporary. That’s what the game is about, you make adjustments and you find ways to win. This offense will get back on track soon.

STILL IN IT

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Oct 25, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; A Tennessee Titans fan waives a flag against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It doesn’t feel like it, but the Tennessee Titans are three games above .500, and are still in the thick of the playoff race. It’s unfortunate that everyone decided to be 6-3 this season, but at least we are one of them.

The Titans have pivotal games approaching. More times than not, they’ve had the capability of stepping up in big moments.

The beauty of the NFL is things will look a lot different three weeks from now. Teams will rise, and some teams will fall.

Due to the talent on offense, and the defense slowly but surely improving in certain areas, there’s reason to believe the Titans will be among the risers.

They head into their next test with the Baltimore Ravens a little short-handed, but still capable of a win. Let’s see if the Tennessee Titans can go on another win streak and solidify themselves a playoff spot.

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